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Inferno – North fisherman loses home in fire

Sohrab Khan said all he could save was his TV PENI DRAUNA Labasa A 64-year-old fisherman watched helplessly as his four-bedroom house went down in flames yesterday afternoon at Korowiri
10 Aug 2014 09:33

Sohrab Khan said all he could save was his TV

Helpless... Sohrab Khan. Photo: Peni Drauna

PENI DRAUNA
Labasa
A 64-year-old fisherman watched helplessly as his four-bedroom house went down in flames yesterday afternoon at Korowiri in Tovata outside Labasa.
Sohrab Khan, from Nasarawaqa, Bua, said:
“I went to town to buy fish for the canecutters in the morning and when I returned at 1:15pm a relative of mine told me that my house was on fire; when I ran towards my house I saw flames under the house” Mr Khan said.
“I ran inside and could only save my TV. It was the only thing that I could save; all my other furniture went up in flames.”
He said the neighbours had started the fire, as they were burning some rubbish beside his house.
“They know very well the place is dry and it is very windy up here but they burned rubbish without thinking.”
Mr Khan was the only one staying at his wooden house; his wife was visiting his two daughters in Suva.
National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O’Connor said he was aware of the fire but was still awaiting details.
Police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri said they were also waiting for the NFA report.
Meanwhile, Mr Khan said the estimated cost of the damage was $40,000.
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